22 Feb Mahaffey To Host Todd Rundgren’s Utopia Reunion Tour
ST. PETERSBURG, FL — For the first time in 32 years, singer/musician Todd Rundgren will reunite his band, Utopia, for a tour that will include the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox and Ralph Schuckett are reuniting for their North American tour, which will include a one-night concert in St. Petersburg April 27.
Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. and may be purchased online, charged by phone at (727) 893-7832, or in person at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater Box Office. Ticket prices are: $67.50, $57.50, $47.50 and $37.50.
Rundgren’s Utopia formed in 1974 out of his desire to explore new musical territory after four years of making solo albums including the hits, "Hello, It’s Me" and "I Saw The Light."
Starting as a progressive rock group featuring Moogy Klingman, Ralph Schuckett and "M. Frog Labat" on keyboards, John Siegler on bass, Kevin Ellman on drums and Rundgren on guitar, the band’s music ranged from extended synth experiments to four-song albums, while their live shows were distinguished by their ahead-of-the-curve video backdrops and computer-generated music.
In 1976, the group evolved into Utopia," uniting Rundgren with Willie Wilcox on drums, Roger Powell on keyboards and Kasim Sulton on bass. Standout Utopia albums included "Oops! Wrong Planet," "Adventures in Utopia" and "Oblivion," spawning the hits "Rock Love," "Set Me Free," "Mated" and "Love Is The Answer." The band’s tours, the first to incorporate then-state-of-the-art video technology, featured some of the most lavish stage productions in rock history.
Utopia will kick off its tour in Pennsylvania April 18.
For ticket information, visit Live Nation or Ticketmaster.
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